I have been meaning to write a some kind of description or review of Racing Dossier, the tool that I use as source for all of my data. But author of the tool Michael Wilding has beaten me and made a walk through video of how the tool works.
So, if you are not quite clear what this tool is about or if you have earlier seen the previsous Adobe Air version of the tool and I suggest that you take a look at the new browser based iteration of the tool.
After some unsuccesfull festival betting lets look at some ratings.
I have been in a process of converting my neural network workflow from ai4r to FANN, or Fast Artificial Neural Network and one of the larger tasks was to redo my raiform rating. I originally built that earlier this year and wrote a bit about it in March.
Anyways, here is first glance at the results. Data is from period of 2013 and 2014 and it includes same ratio of different codes as did the training and test datasets. This is now unseen data which was not used for teaching purposes nor for testing. All in all there are some 5000 races and almost 50.000 runs included.
In the chart rating goes up till 500 but theoretical limit is 1000, there were some figures in the 600 range but I dropped from the chart all the occurances where sample size was less than 10, that is the reason why strikerate lines end at different positions for different codes. All in all pretty consistently rising strikerates as rating climbs higher. Highest variance is in Hunter chases but there sample sizes are so small that I wouldn’t worry about it at this time.
This rating is now only thing that I look at when it comes to past few races. It is easier to say that Horse A with a Raiform of 400 is more likely winner than Horse B with rating of 250 rather than Horse A with last three 321 is better than Horse B with 332. I made up those form lines, but I believe point is clear.
Oh, ball definately wasn’t kept running. Three selections and all failed, Ivawood pretty miserably even. It was bumped on though, but I don’t know if it had it in it to finish the race even if that had not happened.